The dangers of heat exhaustion in dogs
And how to prevent heat exhaustion
We all already know that the summer heat can be dangerous for our four legged family members. Heat exhaustion is very serious and can even become life threatening.
Dogs that are most at risk are large dogs over seven years of age; small breeds, especially brachycephalic dogs (French Bulldogs, English Bulldogs, Pugs, Pekingese, Boston terriers); overweight dogs; and puppies.
Signs of overheating are: unresponsiveness, disorientation, excessive panting, noisy breathing, uncoordinated movement and extreme signs include- vomiting, collapse, seizure or coma.
You should also ensure that on your walks and during play time outside in the hot summer months you stick to parks or areas with a lot of grass and tall trees that can provide shade. You should also walk early in the morning and late in the evening in order to avoid the hottest hours of the day.
In case of heat exhaustion: you will need to remove your dog from the heat, allow your dog to drink plenty of cool water, cool your dog with a wet towel and contact your veterinarian if they exhibit the signs of extreme overheating or if symptoms persist.
The dogPacer treadmill is the perfect way to train your dogs over one year of age out of the heat this summer! They will be able to exercise safely in a cool indoor enviorment throughtout the summer months. Most dogs need at least 30 minutes of exercise daily (while very active dogs like boarder collies and terriers need 60 to 90 minutes daily!). During the hot summer months this can still in achieved in a safe and effective manner!
Remember when playing with and walking your dogs this season to walk with caution, keep your dogs hydrated with a portable travel dish, use proper sunscreen and be on the look out for signs of heat exhaustion!